I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?’ — Thoroughly Modern Mindy Kaling (via gautamramdurai)
Wrote a little something late last night.
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“We let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world. She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body. So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that it is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives.” (via Why Will And Jada Pinkett Smith Let Daughter Willow Cut Her Hair - The Frisky)
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I’m currently reading Fred Pearce’s The land Grabbers. It’s a book about land grabbing by millionaires and billionaires in some of the world’s poorest and most desperate regions. As I read it, I realized how much leadership and forward thinking Indian governments have been over the past 60 years. Like some of the African nations today, until the 1990s, India was poor, desperate and until the 70s, unable to feed its own ever-growing population. However, the Indian government did not resort to the desperate tactic of leasing its land to cash-rich foreign conglomerates or resort to industrial farming. By empowering the country’s own farmers, we have achieved only not only self sufficiency but also avoided some of the terrible consequences facing many of the African nations today. By keeping foreign investment completely out of certain areas in agriculture, we may have missed out on a few dollars but we have definitely managed to keep our granaries and warehouses full, maybe even a little too full. We have also avoided some complex political and social problem along the way.
As Indians, we have a lot to be ashamed of, a lot to change and a lot to think about but we can be proud of some decisions made by our politicians and government over the years.
Up reading Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel… Seems rather simplistic when she is talking about her politics and her views on society. Her personal story, on the other hand is complex, brave, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. I still haven’t made up my mind about the book and I’m done reading half of it
We going to go on Good Magazine’s 30 days of Good starting July 7th.
These are the things we plan to do for the first seven days of the challenge
Pictures and updates to follow….